PANJIM: With the government intending to promote eco-tourism in eco-sensitive areas (ESA), the process to draft Zonal Master Plans for each of notified ESA around six wildlife protected areas has b

PUNE: A group of city scientists has discovered a new leaping frog species on the edge of the Netravali wildlife sanctuary in Goa.

Seeks 10-year phase-out of mining within wildlife sanctuaries. Govt rejects ESA specified for Cotigao, Salim Ali bird sanctuary. One km buffer zone for all wildlife sanctuaries.

PANJIM: With Supreme Court terming all the mining leases operational in Goa under deemed provision after 2007 as “illegal”, the State is now left with only one valid mining lease renewed during the

The Forest Department has assured to conduct research and census of wildlife in a more transparent manner with the involvement of NGOs and students of various institutions from the State.

The Central government in its notification on eco-sensitive zones, also known as buffer zones, around wildlife sanctuaries has asked the state government to prepare zonal master plans in consultati

No mining will be allowed around the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of six wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Goa with the environment ministry on Thursday imposing a ban on such activities.

The Centre will also constitute a state-level ESZ Monitoring Committee (SESZMC) under Section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, to see that the ESZ notification for the state is complied with.

The ministry in its notification has prohibited all new and existing mining of minor and major minerals, stone quarrying and crushing units with immediate effect in all the six sanctuaries

No mining will be allowed around the Eco Sensitive Zone (ESZ) of six wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Goa with the Environment Ministry today imposing a ban on such activities. The central government shall also constitute state level ESZ Monitoring Committee (SESZMC) under section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 to monitor the compliance of the ESZ notification for the state.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has “in principle” agreed to one-km buffer zone for four wildlife sanctuaries of Goa ~ Mhadei, Netravali, Bhagwan Mahaveer and Bondla. The eco-sensitive zone for the Cotigao sanctuary has been extended upto 3 kms.

In all total 33 mining leases are located within one km buffer zone, of which 20 were operational prior to the Supreme Court ban order, which would directly stand cancelled once the notification on buffer zone is issued.

Mines had flourished without clearance from the standing committee of the National Board of Wildlife: panel

Mining would not be permitted within one km of national parks and sanctuaries in Goa, the Union Environment Ministry has decided in an order that could take the State one step closer to restart iron ore excavation in a regulated fashion.